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  1. Just get an Uber or Lyft when you get out of the station. Should be about $40/$50 for the ride.
  2. I used the word "most" because GeoBlue's Voyager Choice is the only travel medical insurance plan I have found that covers pre-existing conditions. Because of my wife's situation I do not want to take the risk of an insurance company deciding that a potential medical emergency is the result of a pre-existing condition. I would rather travel worry free. So I have compared many policies and so far have found only one that covered pre-existing conditions. I think my characterization of "most" is accurate but would be happy to be proved wrong.
  3. For the June trip she can get the GeoBlue Voyager Choice, if she is currently insured. It covers pre-existing conditions. There still might be time for tomorrow but she should contact them. She cannot get it once she has left the USA. She can get it through insuremytrip.com
  4. Most travel insurance policies have a look back period for pre-existing conditions that will not be covered. NCL' s definition: "Pre-Existing Condition means an illness, disease, or other condition during the sixty (60) day period immediately prior to the Effective Date for which You, a Traveling Companion, a Family Member booked to travel with You: 1) exhibited symptoms that would have caused one to seek care or treatment; or 2) received or received a recommendation for a test, examination, or medical treatment; or 3) took or received a prescription for drugs or medicine. Item (3) of this definition does not apply to a condition that is treated or controlled solely through the taking of prescription drugs or medicine and remains treated or controlled without any adjustment or change in the required prescription throughout the sixty (60) day period before the Effective Date." There are variations to the definition by state of residence so you should check the policy to be sure. Also the benefits of NCL's medical insurance are limited. GeoBlue has a medical travel policy that covers pre-existing conditions as long as you have a current medical policy (Medicare counts).
  5. MSC $26.00 per day vs NCL $19.80 per day for a comparable package? Who's charging more?
  6. The classic package is an $18 upgrade to a drinks included room and $35 as a package. It limits you to cocktails under $8 and wine under $7.50. The premium package is $26 upgrade to a drinks included room and $62 as a package. It limits you to cocktails and wine und $12. With the upgrades you pay a 15% on the price of each drink ordered. So if you have 5 $8 drinks on the $18 upgrade you pay an additional $6 per day. On the $26 upgrade the daily service charge would be about $8 daily service charge for a total upgrade cost of $34 per day. On NCL you pay $19.80 for a package comparable to the MSC premium package. That's about $15 a day cheaper. I have search MSC but have not found drinks included balcony room for less than $1,000 on a 7 day Caribbean cruise.
  7. MSC is promoting their "All In - UNLIMITED Drinks and FREE Wi-fi" on 4 ships sailing the Caribbean. However the package is limited to 2 types of beer and only house wines and spirits. If you upgrade to the premium package which includes drinks up to $12, it costs $26 per day plus a 15% service based on the value of each drink ordered. Drinks over $12 are paid for in full, not just the difference. Seems MSC "free" package is more restrictive and ultimately more expensive than NCL.
  8. The CDC says: "There are important differences between washing hands with soap and water and cleaning them with hand sanitizer. For example, alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t kill ALL types of germs, such as a stomach bug called norovirus, some parasites, and Clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarrhea." https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf And WHO does not claim ethanol-based sanitizers kill norovirus, rather they recommend their use as an important factor for changing behavior and improving overall health. The next paragraph after your WHO quote reads: "Whether alcohol is effective against microbes such as Clostridium difficile and norovirus can divert attention from a much overlooked issue. Alcohol-based handrubs play a critical role in mass behaviour change and health improvement. Discouraging their widespread use in response to diarrhoeal infections, will only jeopardize overall patient safety in the long term."
  9. Only on a very few viruses and not on norovirus. You can't use antibiotics to clean your hands.
  10. I agree with your math so far but you forgot the other perks that come with the non-sailaway balcony. At this pricing it comes with 4 additional perks: SDP ($218 for two on a 14 day cruise), Wifi ($105), shore excursions ($350), and reduced airfare (I'll use $250 for 2 people to be conservative). Total savings $923. So non-sailaway couple pays $1,458 more (cabin $860 + UBP $554 + SDP $44) but saves $923 for a net higher cost of $535 or $38 a day for 2 people. At $10 a drink that's about 4 drinks a day or 2 drinks a day per person to break even.
  11. There is rarely a $400-$700 difference for a non-sailaway cabin and there are other perks included in the difference. But it's really how the math works for each person and their priorities. If a cruiser wants to take the risks of a sailaway cabin (like a bad location, obstructed view, wrong side of the ship, etc.) and don't plan to have many adult beverages then it makes sense and it will be a great cruise. If cabin location is important then non-sailaway makes sense with the added benefit of several perks and it will be a great cruise.
  12. NCL wants customers to take the UBP perk which is 19.80 per day.
  13. Several reasons: Each transaction is easier since there is no need to sign anything unless there is an up-charge Bookkeeping is easier since there is less chance of bookkeeping errors Fewer disputes about the charges at the end of the cruise Upfront payment so fewer end-of-cruise situations where the customer is unable to pay Known minimum income flow (there could always be more with up-charges) Less cases of customer sticker shock at the end of the cruise
  14. Good luck. Let us know how that works out.
  15. So Woodford Reserve which has always been an up-charge and according to the most recent menu posts is now $22.95 has been moved to the included list? Very generous of NCL.
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